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Nairn BID: Lobbying works to improve Nairn streets

By Gregor White

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Working alongside local councillors has led to promised improvements for Nairn streets.
Working alongside local councillors has led to promised improvements for Nairn streets.

Lobbying on behalf of members is a huge part of any Business Improvement District’s job.

BIDs have their defined roles as laid out in their business plans, but they can’t do it all and street cleaning is one such subject which as far as Nairn BID is concerned, won’t be swept under the carpet.

Cleaning the town’s streets is not the job of the BID, it falls to Highland Council. It’s a topic that comes up time and time again and we are more than happy to air our town’s dirty laundry to the council if means getting a good result! And that we have.

Working alongside the town’s councillors, we now have a commitment from Highland Council to regular cleaning of the town’s drains, using a gully sucker which we now share with Inverness!

It’s a dirty topic! Members were reporting to us that drains were continually blocked and at times sewage was backing up onto the street.

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After two meetings with representatives from Highland Council and a walkabout with an officer from the waste management team, Nairn BID and councillors got the result we needed.

But that’s not all. We are now continuing the fight for a Green Machine, otherwise known as a pavement cleaner! In this day and age, it seems ludicrous that we have had to lobby to get drains cleared and streets cleaned, but sadly that has been the case.

However, by working collaboratively with our local councillors, our persistence has prevailed and Nairn will be looking spick and span as we move towards the summer months.

You can do your bit too – we actively encourage businesses and residents to report, report, report. If you see something mucky, get in contact with your councillors and community council or speak to Highland Council directly. They do want to hear what you have to say.

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